The Narrow Road Between Desires

Written by:
Patrick Rothfuss
Narrated by:
Patrick Rothfuss , Nick Podehl

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2023
4 hours 15 minutes
#1 New York Times–bestselling phenomenon Patrick Rothfuss returns to the wildly popular Kingkiller Chronicle universe with a stunning reimagining of “The Lightning Tree.” Expanded to twice its previous length, this touching stand-alone story is sure to please new readers and veteran Rothfuss fans alike.

No one taller than the stone.
Come to blacktree, come alone.
Tell no adult what’s been said,
Lest the lightning strike you dead.

Follow the Kingkiller Chronicle’s most charming fae as he schemes his way through the small town of Newarre. While Bast cares nothing for the laws of man, he is beholden to older, deeper laws. And despite his cleverness and care, Bast finds himself forced to choose between betraying his master and helping
a hated enemy.

Playful, sweet, and sly as Bast himself, The Narrow Road Between Desires explores a previously unseen part of Temerant, and shows a side of Bast we’ve only glimpsed before. Learn more about Bast as he goes against his better judgment and follows his heart’s desire. For after all, what good is wisdom if it keeps
you from finding your way to danger and delight?
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So beautiful and otherworldly. I can’t wait to hear more by this author.

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Narrator has always been good despite the syrup of arrogance dripping from his “know-it-all, no one can pull one over on me” phrasing. In this book, his voicing of the child characters is ridiculous and embarrassing. And unless a person is intentionally naive to the current trends of the “artworld” in its many forms, it is blatantly evident that the author has checked the required boxes, ad nauseam and at the front, in order to get this barely mediocre book published. What makes it better or worse, depending on the type of person you are, is that Pat Rothfuss has taken full advantage of this for significant profit. Sorry Mr. Rothfuss, you can’t be “woke” and a capitalist at the same time; unless you are a hypocrite, which most of us are, being both flawed opportunistic beings who otherwise would not have made it this far up the evolutionary chain.

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